Well, that was certainly an informative video. It's funny how different things seem when you hear both sides of the same story...
So, for those who missed it, The Irate Gamer has finally come out of his 7 year silence with a half-hour long video pertaining to the Irate Gamer/Angry Video Game Nerd-scandal that started in 2007. I am of course not going to say that the things brought up were the definite truth, but judging from how things have turned out as of late, it could make even the most devout follower/hater of these two Youtube reviewing megastars into a skeptic. It certainly made me question the reality of Internet culture, and I am not even that big a fan of either.
It might be a tad too late, but I feel the need to bring up my own stance on this matter (because I was there when the shit hit the fan):
I became familiar with Youtube in 2006 (the same year the AVGN came out with his Castlevania and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde videos). At that point, the angry video game reviewing-schtick was in it's cradle; it had not taken off yet. It did not take off for me either, as I was too busy exploring the site to notice.
Things got real in 2007, when the AVGN became an online hit with Youtubers around the world, and I stumbled upon my very first game review (it was not an AVGN video, mind you). Back then, I laughed so hard at the curse words and crude humor, and it made me seek out other reviewers (which lead me to reviewers like Armake, UrinatingTree, etc.). One of these reviewers happened to be the Irate Gamer. I remember liking his videos and such, because he introduced me to so many games and movies and shows (because, I was not that well-rounded back then as I am today). I noticed, after a while, that many commenters on his videos all referred back to one common source: The Angry Video Game Nerd.
So, out of curiosity, I started watching his stuff, starting with the very first Bible Games video. I got really infatuated with his style, and it made me watch more and more, which eventually lead to me having seen everything he had to offer at the time. Back then, he posted trailers for his reviews that all linked to Gametrailers, which meant that he would constantly come out with more and more content at later dates.
"Sounds promising", I thought, and became a frequent watcher of his.
Either way, after seeing both reviewers, I noticed certain patterns. Namely, that their reviewing styles were very similar, and that people coming from all sources and backgrounds started accusing Chris of being a copycat of James. It was not until people started comparing the videos and make longwinded rants (which ultimately introduced me to the ranting and commentary community) about this that I found out what the big deal was; it seemed as if Chris was a douche that willingly plagiarized James. That is how many people saw him, and that is pretty much how things are even today (at least for some people).
So, within the time span of seven years, people started making video after video and rant after rant about how the Irate Gamer is the devil, and how the AVGN was robbed by him. Of course, it was not all bad; a few funny parodies popped up as well. But the majority of the videos were hate filled rants that cursed Irate Gamer's very existence. At the time, that was all we had to go on; videos and rumors on how Chris was the scourge of the Earth; he refused to make any comments on this, and the argument therefore became very lopsided.
It is therefore a miracle that he finally comes out with his side of the story, and we can now see that... things MAY not be as they first seemed. Again, we have only Chris's word against James's, but the basic idea is that Chris never intended things to go the way they did. The various details of Chris's story (that perfectly match the timeline in which all of this occurred), coupled with the various questionable practices James has been part of (promoting a Cheetahmen scam, Mike Matei's overreach in terms of censorship, his Kickstarter campaigns etc.) paints a different picture of the once "innocent" James Rolfe. Not to the point where he deserves to be discredited, scorned or excommunicated, or to the point of him being an 'asshole', but it still makes you wonder who the "bad" guy is in all this.
Irate Gamer has taken a lot of flak for 7 whole years, and for what exactly? Looking back at all those videos, rants and hate speeches, it all seems to ring hollow now; Chris does not seem like a bad guy, especially now that he has finally shared his story with us, and the fact that his story involved many less than rosy aspects to James's side of the story, COULD, at the very least, cast this whole scandal in a brand new light, which ultimately makes seven years of hatred seem... almost pointless.
I am not trying to spread any rumors; I am just stating the facts that have been put forth on the Internet, and I'm making my own conclusions. My conclusion is this: The Irate Gamer-hate has to stop. This whole thing is growing a beard, it's too tiresome to talk about nowadays, and the angry reviewing schtick has sort of taken a backseat for the let's players (PewDiePie, Game Grumps, CinnamonToastKen, etc.). This scandal was already old five years ago, and it should just go and die in peace.
So, that's my take on this.
Listening to: Game Grumps